How Important is a Garden When Buying a House? – Do you have to have a bigger budget to get a bigger garden?


Whilst it is completely true to say that there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to value added for a garden size, it is from experience that we have learnt that a garden can be a polarising factor for buyers.

A beautiful heavily manicured garden can on first impression to a potential buyer, be more of a concern then it is a selling point, when they are mentally totting up the hours they believe they would have to spend maintaining it.

I can speak from experience having moved from a cottage with a small courtyard garden, to a cottage with a 200ft garden, only to move again with our main aim to downsize our garden. We were not green fingered, so we spent our weekends laboriously trimming, cutting, deadheading, strimming and mowing and had no time left to enjoy the garden itself.

But I’m the anomaly, and a large proportion of buyers aspire to having bigger plots, whether than be for landscaping, growing your own fruit and veg, or entertaining.

 But I don’t have a big enough budget for a big garden?

 Well, whilst properties with larger plots are typically larger themselves and therefore can become quite pricey quiet quickly, we are lucky throughout Bedfordshire to live in such a rural area, offering great views over fields etc. and on some occasions through years gone by have been able to buy parts of the land behind in order to increase their garden size.

 We have in fact just sold an additional 15m of paddock land to 20 properties in Shillington, which all originally started with a garden size of around 5m. That will in turn over the years bring to the market more affordable terraced cottages that now have 60/70 ft rear gardens instead of the original 15ft.

Do I need a bigger budget for a bigger garden? No It just has to be a bigger priority.

For a bigger garden on a lower budget, you will need to be more flexible to accepting perhaps less living space, or perhaps more work being required internally, so it just depends on how crucial a bigger garden is to YOU compared to other factors.

£1,000,000 + Guide Price – High Street, Flitton

A beautifully presented five bedroom detached property with detached annexe set on an old market garden a plot measuring circa 0.5 acres with gated access.

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£549,995 – Fallowfield, Ampthill

An extended and very well presented four bedroom detached bungalow set within a generous plot offering a large garden and ample parking


£445,000 – Ampthill Road, Maulden

For sale with established onward chain is this rarely available large detached family home set in a very large plot offering ample scope and potential to extend subject to the correct permissions.

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£335,000 – Flitwick Road, Maulden

Built in the early 1900's and beautifully refurbished two years ago, this stunning three bedroom cottage enjoys a very large garden measuring circa 0.15 acres with field views and off road parking.

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£220,000 – Newbury Lane, Silsoe

A beautiful and idyllic village two bedroom cottage set within a generous plot, well presented throughout and offering a large workshop to the rear.

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